Monthly Archives: October 2016


It’s almost Samhain, or as it’s better known today, Hallowe’en! This has to be my favourite holiday, in both its Pagan and secular forms, of the year. There’s something magical about a night when even the most staid, “normal” people … Continue reading

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A poem for the season

Grey dawn filters through the falling leaves, Pale and soft as life’s last breath. The whisper Of the wind carries not your voice, but your Absence: cold, a shivering chill of recognition. The moon’s time-wrinkled face outlasts its welcome; In … Continue reading

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Book review: Out of the Woods

Cohu, Will. Out of the Woods: the Armchair Guide to Trees. Short Books, 2007. Out of the Woods is an unusual book. On the face of it, it’s a guide to trees, giving you the information you need to identify … Continue reading

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Home shrine update: simplify

My home shrine is the central focus point for my regular Druid practice. Here is where I meditate, work through my Gwersi, do small rituals and the like. It has evolved and changed over time as my Druidry has too. … Continue reading

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Myth and Meaning

A version of this essay was originally published in “Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans” edited by John Halstead and published by Lulu, 2015. In light of some recent discussions about Paganism, faith and non-theism, it seemed appropriate to repost … Continue reading

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Becoming a Bard

Originally posted on Druid Life:
How do you go from being a person who does not perform, to being a fabulous bard with a song or poem up their sleeve for every occasion and who can give a dazzling performance…

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The word Nwyfre, which I mention in my previous post, comes from an old Welsh term meaning “sky” or “heaven”. In Druidry, however, it takes on a deeper meaning, and one which deserves a bit of thought. Nwyfre can be … Continue reading

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